“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage…” (Philippians 2:5-6, NIV)
Wow! This statement hit me like a ton of bricks… Jesus “did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage.” In other words, Jesus could have used His high position of authority to His own benefit. Being God in the flesh meant that He could accomplish whatever He wished. Instead, he laid it all down in order that ALL could find life. Any benefit to Himself was never part of the equation—only that you and I would find life and be with Him for all eternity.
Apostle Paul calls us to have this same mind. Again, I have to say, “Wow, this sounds impossible!” To be like Jesus; to let go of all our ambition so that others could have the advantage; that seems completely counter to everything I’ve learned in life!
But consider this…true transforming power grows when we no longer possess it for ourselves. When we no longer are part of the equation, God has all the room He needs to do what only He can do. His love, then, is no longer bound to my limited love. That’s when the impossible becomes possible!
As difficult as this spiritual principle sounds, allow the Holy Spirit room to bring real transforming power. Begin to give room to this kind of love. Practice at it. Let love grow big in your heart. Remember, this is an upside-down kingdom. Make it your ambition to be the least, and then you will actually give way to your highest potential.